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    Sock Alien Tutorial

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    It’s all about ‘Space’ at the moment – at my daughter’s school anyway.   It wasn’t part of the homework but my daughter, Amelie, decided to design a sock Alien to take into school and to write about.  She even offered to make it herself – if I could help with the sewing machine bit (I still haven’t made the ‘plague’ rat she designed for the last topic!).  So I made the one that features below and she made her own one, which she didn’t want to feature on my blog in case everyone copied it!  The Alien does need legs because it can fly, obviously…

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    Create a ‘busy box’

    What’s a busy box?  It’s a box (any box will do!) where you can keep small toys and games ready to pack in a bag and take out and about.

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    Keeping a selection of toys in a box all together makes it  easy to find something small enough to go in a handbag or for your child to carry when you go out.  Handy for car journeys (just take the whole box and place on the back seat), restaurants,  church or anywhere else where you want to make sure the children have something to keep them busy.

    Here’s some tried and tested (by a 6 and 9 year old) ideas.  You’ll know what your children are into and can tailor the box contents accordingly.  Read more

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    Sienna’s outfits…

    I’ve been busy making 18″ doll clothes for my daughter’s American Girl doll (Grace) which she’ll be getting for Christmas.  However, now she has bought Sienna (an Our Generation doll) I couldn’t resist giving her some outfits early.  So here is what I’ve made so far…

    Simplicity pattern 1515 has become my favourite ‘go to’ pattern for leggings, tops and skirts. You can but it on-line in the UK at Jaycotts.   It’s a good basic and simple pattern that you can adapt easily.

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    Simplicity pattern 1515

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    Our Generation Doll

    We have a new arrival in the house; her name is Sienna.  My daughter didn’t want to wait for her Christmas present (Grace – American Girl doll) so she decided to take matters into her own hands and spend her savings on an Our Generation doll.  They have recently started stocking them in our local toy shop (Kids Stuff Toys, Chichester) and she has had her eye on ‘Sienna’ since she first appeared on the shelves.

    I would like to be able to compare her to the American Girl dolls, but that will have to wait until after Christmas.   My daughter is very happy with her!  She comes with a pink corduroy skirt, faux fur gilet, stripy long-sleeved top, pink tights and white shoes.  She’s similar in size to the American Girl dolls but cheaper at around £30.

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    Sienna in her box

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    Vintage Tea Party

    I reached another milestone birthday earlier this month and decided that after planning lots of children’s parties, I deserved a tea party!  My teapot wanted an outing from the cupboard and so I decided to have ‘afternoon tea’.  I also love the look and taste of cupcakes!

    It’s an easy theme to do – here are some ideas from my party:

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    Thanks to my Mum for the amazing cake!

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